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Poster: Moongleam Date: Apr 17, 2012 10:21am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: another to move to Feature Films . . .

This is Video-Cellar's opinion:

Thus, any British film that was published and registered before 1946, and was public domain in the US before GATT/URAA, remains in the public domain in the US.

However, this film was released in 1948.

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Poster: CornyPop Date: Apr 18, 2012 1:03am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: another to move to Feature Films . . .

Good morning moongleam,
I thought it would be a great idea to have a second set of eyes check prospective uploads before uploading, and I would be honored to help check anyone else's prospective contribution, but alas, my request for such goes unanswered now, so I am doing what I believe is the next best thing.

After I check with the limited amount of intelligence that I have, and find no current copyright holder, I post the film. After a couple of years watching this list, I am confident that if I make a mistake, some kind soul will quickly, forcefully and repeatedly demand removal.

Have you found such current copyright holder, and would you like the film removed?

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Poster: larus Date: Apr 18, 2012 6:11am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: another to move to Feature Films . . .

In theory it shouldn't be PD, but both Alpha Video and Mill Creek published it on DVD, the former as a standalone feature in 2009 and the latter on its "20 strange tales" 4-DVD pack in 2006.
On the other hand, both releases seem to have gone out of print and are no longer listed on their respective publishers' web sites (http://www.oldies.com and http://www.millcreekent.com/). Amazon is still listing both, but as out of stock.
So the question is whether there is a gotcha that makes the film PD and the publishers just dropped the releases due to low demand, or whether they took a gamble and found thelselves on the receiving end of a Notice of Intent to Enforce or some other cease-and-desist order.

This post was modified by larus on 2012-04-18 13:11:34